170 million children and 12000 crore rupees later, the whole world is lauding India and her citizens because we achieved the un-achievable.
India’s victory in the fight against Polio is remarkable in several ways.The first thing it teaches us is that ‘we can do it’ so, don’t let anybody tell any different. After the succes of electronic voting machine, which the world was very wary of and which has been a failure in some rather developed parts of the world—Polio was the next big thing. And, we have very proudly done justice to it. Secondly, we have seen yet again, that the whole India has to be one to achieve anything. Everybody from politicians to bureaucrats, from ground workers (health workers in this case) to the citizens (the parents of children receiving the vaccine here). When India becomes one the unfathomable is achieved! Be it the Kargil war, where everybody irrespective of their caste, religion and socio economic strata was speaking the same language or the Mumbai terrorist attack. Victory on Polio shows that we don’t need an attack on national security to be one single country and forget about our differences. Social challenges like Polio could unite us too.
For me, there is only one message-next time we think of something going wrong in the country-we should not just blame the system and politicians. For the system is made up of all of us. Together we can change it. We can’t expect just the political class to be able to make a difference in our lives. We have to to take a stand, a united stand. In the same way, the political class has to learn that to achieve any goal, all the stakeholders has to be a part of it and in democracy, public is the greatest stakeholder!
For now hail India and hail her people! This is hopefully the beginning of an end…….! Hope floats.